Sunday, August 9, 2015
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he is hoping to return to the legendary Australian band’s lineup when he finishes his 8-month home detention sentence in New Zealand.
"I've got a lot to think about now,” Rudd tells 3 News. “I've grown up, but not grown old. I hope there's a difference. I still want to play the drums. I've got a lot of game left and I reckon I'm just starting to f***ing get cleared up. So I just want a chance to get back in with the boys and just carry on from there. This last tour bulls**t, you know, sure. Last tour, AC/DC will never retire, Angus will never retire."
After Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust” with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group’s world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella.
"Slade! He's a good drummer, mate,” says Rudd. “Chris Slade's a good drummer but I've got no idea what he's doing up there. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I got nothing against Chris. It's just he hasn't got a permanent job. I hope! That's all."
"I'm going to be back," he adds. "I've never been fitter; I've never felt better; I've never been psychologically or physically in better shape my whole life, and I love playing. I've realized who I am and what I can do and I just want a chance to go out there and show everyone who the man is. I'm the man."
In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis stemming from a series of incidents in 2014.
At his July 9 sentencing, the Judge banned Rudd from alcohol and taking any drugs not prescribed to him as part of the sentencing, but the drummer was arrested at his Tauranga home on July 18 after being caught allegedly consuming and possessing alcohol.
Rudd was charged with breaching conditions of his sentence and was remanded on bail until November 24.
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